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2/25/2015 | Werth to start Spring Training in rehab mode

The entire Nationals roster reported to camp Wednesday, according to manager Matt Williams. The team will have a full workout Thursday. However, Williams announced that left fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) would be in rehab mode to start Spring Training.


2/25/2015 | Harper confident in Nats' World Series chances

Outfielder Bryce Harper badly wants to help the Nationals win a World Series title. In fact, Harper sounded pretty confident Wednesday afternoon that the Nationals could go all the way this year. It helps that the team signed right-hander Max Scherzer to a long-term deal.


2/25/2015 | Scherzer all about getting ahead with first-pitch strikes

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer has accomplished quite a bit since he entered the league in 2008. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2013, led the AL in victories the last two years and has struck out 200 or more batters in a season three consecutive years. With that in mind, MLB.com asked Scherzer the important stats he looks at after he pitches in a game.


2/25/2015 | Carp hoping to bring pop to Nationals' bench

The Nationals are looking to have a productive bench this year. In 2014, Nationals pinch-hitters had a .144 batting average. That could improve if first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp makes the team.


2/25/2015 | Striving to improve, Rendon ready to man third

Anthony Rendon finds it amazing that he is replacing Ryan Zimmerman at third base, because while growing up in Houston, Rendon admired Zimmerman from afar. Zimmerman, who is the face of the Nationals, is moving across the diamond, replacing Adam LaRoche at first base.


2/24/2015 | Davis has first bullpen session since Tommy John surgery

Nationals right-hander Erik Davis missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery. Like teammates Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, who had the same procedure, Davis worked hard to get back on the mound and it paid off Tuesday.


2/24/2015 | Williams may employ multiple relievers in setup role

One of the few question marks for the Nationals at the start of Spring Training is how the team expects to fill the void created by trading setup man Tyler Clippard to the A's.


2/23/2015 | Nationals to give Grace shot at sliding into bullpen

An impressive bullpen session by Matt Grace on Monday only confirmed the Nationals' belief that the left-hander should be given a legitimate chance to earn a spot in the bullpen.


2/23/2015 | Zimmerman getting used to seeing field from new position

Ryan Zimmerman didn't waste any time after he arrived at Space Coast Stadium on Monday morning. With manager Matt Williams and several of his coaches on hand, Zimmerman was doing drills at first base, a position he will play every day this season


2/23/2015 | Desmond plans to 'enjoy every single day' with Nationals

Nothing is going to foul up shortstop Ian Desmond's mood this season. Desmond is a free agent after this season and vows there will be no distractions as far as contract talks with the Nationals are concerned.


2/23/2015 | McCatty preaching excellence one pitch at a time

Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty expects his staff to be very good again this season, but he's well aware of the potential obstacles that could arise.


2/22/2015 | At Nationals camp, Uggla sees chance to resurrect career

Not too long ago, Dan Uggla was perhaps the best second baseman in the National League, a perennial All-Star who slugged at least 27 home runs in each of the first six years of his career. When the Braves traded for him in 2010, they promptly signed him to a five-year, $62 million extension. Then suddenly he stopped producing.


2/22/2015 | Promising prospect Severino soaking up spring lessons

Nationals catcher Pedro Severino was invited to big league Spring Training for the first time this year, and it looks like he feels right at home. The organization's 11th-best prospect, according to MLB.com, Severino is expected to start the season with Double-A Harrisburg.


2/22/2015 | Coming off career year, catalyst Span seeks more

Denard Span is coming off one of his best seasons, leading the Nationals in batting average (.302) and setting career highs in hits (184) and stolen bases (31). He said he has more to accomplish. Span wants to become an All-Star for the first time and steal more bases.


2/22/2015 | Motivated McLouth taking it slow after shoulder surgery

The Nationals plan on allowing outfielder Nate McLouth to progress slowly this spring as he recovers from right shoulder surgery.


2/21/2015 | After rebound year in Minors, Burriss out to impact Nats

The Nationals are looking for impact bench players, and veteran infielder Emmanuel Burriss is hoping to make the team in that role.


2/21/2015 | Switch-hitting Espinosa to focus on right-handed swing

Nationals position players had their first practice on Saturday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium. Of the players on the field, Danny Espinosa was closely watched.


2/21/2015 | Aces in spotlight for battery's first workouts

Max Scherzer was the center of attention for the Nationals' pitchers and catchers' first workout of Spring Training, as he stood side-by-side with Stephen Strasburg for eight-minute bullpen sessions while fans worked themselves into a frenzy.


2/21/2015 | Rizzo confident in his club heading into 2015

The Nationals enter Spring Training with arguably the best team on paper. In 2013, the team had the slogan, "World Series or bust" and didn't make the playoffs. Does that slogan hold true for the 2015 Nationals? Not quite.


2/21/2015 | Rotation shakeup won't change Roark's preparation

Tanner Roark was the presumed odd man out of the Nationals' starting rotation once the team acquired Max Scherzer during the offseason, but the Nats have told him to continue to prepare as a starter this spring.


2/21/2015 | Zimmermann focused on 2015, not contract status

Jordan Zimmermann has heard all of the trade rumors, and he's heading into the final season of his contract with the Nationals, but he doesn't want his pending free-agency to be a distraction for him or his teammates.


2/21/2015 | Nats exercise Williams' club option for 2016

Prior to the first workout for Nationals pitchers and catchers Saturday, the team announced it has exercised the 2016 club option on manager Matt Williams.


2/20/2015 | Storen, McCatty to miss Clippard's presence

For Nationals closer Drew Storen and pitching coach Steve McCatty, it seems weird that right-hander Tyler Clippard is no longer on the team. Clippard was more than just a productive late-inning reliever the last six years. He was a great friend to both Storen and McCatty.


2/20/2015 | Which Nats ace will get the call on Opening Day?

Washington has built a starting rotation that was already being deemed historic before anyone arrived for Spring Training. And with a plethora of aces at his disposal, Nats manager Matt Williams will have to decide who will take the ball on Opening Day.


2/20/2015 | Scherzer arrives, says goal is to get better

Right-hander Max Scherzer entered the Nationals' clubhouse on Friday morning and was just trying to fit in. On Friday, he called clubhouse and equipment manager Mike Wallace his best friend. The man who is lovingly known as Wally showed Scherzer how to get around Space Coast Stadium.




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